Clerk’s Corner…by Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

I am writing this on the 4th of July, remembering that our founders based this country’s form of government on our Presbyterian form of government – representative, constitutional, and relational. Those fundamentals were in place at the 223rd General Assembly (GA) as overtures were brought forth from committees and discussed, as commissioners were advised by advisory delegates, and voting took place. The overture that was of interest to many of you was #05-03 from Cincinnati Presbytery, and concurred with by several presbyteries, including our own, asking for an Administrative Commission to review the Synod of the Covenant. The Synod sent an overture in opposition to General Assembly as well. What came out of the Committee on Mid-Council and approved by GA was a recommendation that the Co-moderators of the PC(USA) appoint an Administrative Commission, but also place an emphasis on …

Clerk’s Corner…Reverend Sally O. Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

Clerk’s Corner…Reverend Sally O. Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk As part of my staff report at the Presbytery meeting on May 15, I tried to encourage folks to follow the working of General Assembly on line. I want to use this space to repeat some of that for those of you who weren’t at the meeting. It’s easier than you may think. Go to the General Assembly website at www.pcusa.org/oga. The Office of the General Assembly web page will open. Click on the 223rd General Assembly link. When the GA web page with a large picture of the St. Louis arch comes up, you will see lots of different red ovals that are links to various tasks for staff and commissioners. But the red oval on the right side at the bottom says, “What is General Assembly?” The page that comes up …

Clerk’s Corner…

Clerk’s Corner… Thoughts from the Reverend Sally Robinson, Presbytery of Scioto Valley Stated Clerk On Monday, April 9, the presbytery held a special called meeting for the purpose of reviewing Overture #05-03 from the Presbytery of Cincinnati to the 223rd General Assembly. The overture asks that General Assembly form an Administrative Commission to look into difficulties within our Synod of the Covenant. The presbytery voted to concur with the overture by a vote of 54-3. All the paperwork for the meeting, including the minutes, can be found on our website. Please note all the particulars in terms of how we hold this kind of special meeting. It takes a certain number of ministers and elders to ask the moderator to call the meeting. It takes a certain number of ministers and elders to form a quorum to do the business of …

2018 Per Capita for our Presbytery…

2018 Per Capita for our Presbytery… Per capita is the way we financially support our connectedness as congregations, maintain our theological identity and further the mission of the church in our communities and around the world. The 2018 per capita is  $33 per member. This $33 is made up of: Presbytery of Scioto Valley – $22.02 General Assembly of the PC(USA) – $7.73 Synod of the Covenant – $3.25

Clerk’s Corner

One of the things I am working on as the “newish” Stated Clerk is how to streamline some of what we do. At the last meeting of the presbytery in November there were some changes in the meeting docket.

Church Signs…a Tool for Evangelism

Church Signs…a Tool for Evangelism In my job as executive Presbyter, I spend quite a bit of time traveling around the presbytery as I visit and work with our pastors and congregations. In these travels in central and southern Ohio, I pass many churches of every size, shape, design and denomination, maybe hundreds of them every month. And, most church buildings have some sort of sign in front of their building. Some are old wooden signs…some are new electronic signs…some change messages regularly…some never change. I don’t know about you, but I always notice church signs. The signs catch my eye more than the building does. Recently I noticed the church sign on a Catholic Church in Delaware County. I regularly drive by this church, and the sign changes often. That day the sign said: “Come on In…God has been …

A Note to Clerks of Sessions From Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk

A Note to Clerks of Sessions From Sally Robinson, PSV Stated Clerk The statistical reports are now online on the GA Website, and instructions on how to access yours will come to you right after the first of the year. Be on the look-out for a mailing that will provide more details for you. If you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact Dagmar or me at the presbytery office 614-847-0565. The General Assembly Stated Clerk’s Session Annual Statistical Report is found at: http:oga.pcusa.org/stats This link will take you to the GA Statistics page. You will need your church’s user name (Church PIN number) and the church’s password. The passwords are the same as last year. If you cannot find your church’s password, please contact Dagmar in the presbytery office (614/847-0565) or me (740-708-4656).